Thousands of North Texas Students to Learn About the Tuskegee Airmen with FREE Hands On Program

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will bring its RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit back to Dallas for a free Black History Month program February 6-17, 2017. The CAF invites area schools, churches and civic groups to a free field trip that will provides students with an opportunity to learn about and be inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first African-American military pilots and their support personnel.

The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is a mobile movie theater operated by the CAF’s Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen. It features a unique large-format curved screen theater allows students to experience the original 30-minute film, “Rise Above,” in an immersive setting. The film tells the inspirational story of the Tuskegee Airmen and their struggle for civil rights and equality. It also gives viewers the exciting sensation of flying in a rebuilt P-51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen.

While emphasizing the valuable life lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen, the program will include goal-setting activities designed to help young people create a path to success while articulating their life goals. Students will also get “hands-on” with history, handling artifacts from World War II. Various veterans including decorated Vietnam veteran and noted actor Willie Minor and others will be onsite during selected hours to meet with students and share their experiences.

“Our goal is to offer a quality and impactful event that will benefit students while honoring the many black Americans who have made important contributions to our country,” said Bill Shepard, program leader and CAF Vice President of Education Bill Shepard. “The Tuskegee Airmen played an important role in black history, and their life lessons can inspire people of all ages to rise above their own obstacles and find success. We’re excited to host this second annual event in the Southern Dallas community.”

Space is limited for this free event and is booked by reservation only. Contact Tracy Smith at the CAF at (580) 786-6251 or to schedule your school, community group or youth organization.
Learn more about the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit at

WHAT: Commemorative Air Force Black History Month Celebration
Featuring the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit

WHERE: Commemorative Air Force Headquarters
Dallas Executive Airport
5661 Mariner Drive, Dallas, TX 75237

WHEN: February 6-17
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
*note – most visual day might be Friday, February 10


About the Commemorative Air Force:
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the world’s largest flying museum. For more than 60 years, the CAF has been dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition, education and remembrance. Fulfilling its mission, the organization maintains airplanes in flying condition – taking the airplanes to the people to experience first-hand the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight.
A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 11,000 members and a fleet of 165 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 60 CAF unit locations for care and operation. For more information, visit

About the CAF Red Tail Squadron:
The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to educating audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. RISE ABOVE: Red Tail, their three-fold outreach program, includes a fully restored WWII-era P-51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen; the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit 53’ mobile theater featuring the original panoramic film “Rise Above”; and resource materials for teachers and youth leaders. Each year, they embark on a nine-month cross-country tour that includes appearances at air shows, schools, museums and community events. The group’s Six Guiding Principles – Aim High, Believe In Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready To Go, Never Quit and Expect to Win – serve as the foundation for their outreach programs and are based on the experiences and successes of the Tuskegee Airmen. The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Learn more at

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